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Look at This

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

1. LOOK AT THE STARS. When you look up at the clearest and brightest starry night, remember that God has named every single one of those stars. God told Abraham and Sarah, a senior childless couple, that He was going to create a nation through them as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abraham lifted up his eyes to a faithful God, and the Jewish nation was born out of that moment of obedience and faith.

2. LOOK AT THE WORD. You’re invited to examine God’s Word to see the reality of His plan, His love, and His life-transforming power. When you receive Jesus, you become transformed. Reading the Word helps you to avoid spiritual amnesia and reminds you that you are a new creation in Christ (James 1:22-25, 1 Corinthians 5:17).

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

3. LOOK AT JESUS. When you turn your eyes on Jesus and look full in His glorious face, things change. The eyes of the Lord are searching the earth so He can strongly support those whose hearts are His (2 Chronicles 16:9). So if you’re discouraged and you’ve been tempted to back off a little, don’t give up! God can re-ignite your heart. Lift your eyes off your circumstances and look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Let God transform you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

look, verb
To perceive with attention; to direct one’s gaze towards. To search or seek. To have faith or confidence in.

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I ask You to help me be sensitive to Your voice and obedient to You. Help me to not get busy with lesser things but to be available to You so that I can hit the mark. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Please help me to love You and stay on fire all the days of my life. I walk in mercy and I forgive everybody because You have forgiven me. I love You, Jesus! You are my Lord! Amen.

Copyright © 2017 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Look.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 30 Aug 2017 .

Walking With God

Friday, August 25th, 2017

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

1. FIND REST. God has called us to a life that is different than it was before we knew Him—to a life of joy and abundance (John 10:10). If you’ve been distracted and things have gotten bland spiritually or you’ve been so filled with anxiety that you can’t rest, be assured that God wants to bring you into a place of focus and peace.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

2. FLOW WITH GOD. Imagine you are canoeing down a river. The flow and current are in the middle of the river. If you veer over to the edge, the water is slow and sometimes stagnant. We all want to be in the deep, beautiful, blue water where we hardly have to paddle. That’s what our walk with God can be like when we are flowing with Him.

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14

3. FIGHT AND WIN. God’s Word is sure footing and He has answers corresponding to every weirdness that tries to come at you. When you sit at the feet of Jesus, your mind gets renewed. That’s where you get revelation and instruction so you can stand up to fight and win the battles of life.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Put your trust in God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
God gives strength to the weary. And to those who lack might, He increases power. As I wait on the Lord I gain new strength; I will mount up with wings like eagles, I will run and not get tired, I will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:29, 31).

walk·ing, verb
To live or behave in a specified manner. To be or act in association with. To advance by steps

Copyright © 2017 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Walking.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 18 Aug 2017 .

Jesus Is Your Shepherd

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

1. FOLLOW JESUS. The Bible uses the example that we are like sheep and God is our shepherd: we can trust Him and follow Him. If you’ve lost your way, call on Jesus. He will find you.

So He [Jesus] told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15:3-5

2. READ GOD’S WORD TO GET RENEWED. Read the Psalms when you are going through battles, read Proverbs when you need wisdom, go through the Gospels to see Jesus’ character, read the Epistles to learn the amazing provision of redemption.

Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:3

3. TRUST GOD TO TAKE CARE OF YOU. He cares deeply for you, and from start to finish He has a good plan for your life. Even if you’ve messed up, today you can repent and push the reset button to start afresh. Keep reading God’s Word. Plug into a good church. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, will take care of you.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

If you’ve never asked Jesus to come into your life, pray this prayer!
God, I need You. I open my heart wide to You. I repent for my sin and I ask for Your forgiveness and mercy to come into my heart. I’ll follow You as my shepherd my entire life. I receive Jesus as my Savior. Thank You for new life! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

shep·herd, verb
To herd or tend as a shepherd. To guide or lead on a course. To direct or instruct in a certain manner.

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

Let God Be Your Security

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The Lord’s faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him. Psalm 32:10b NET

1. BE HONEST. Church is an atmosphere where it’s okay to have a problem but not okay to stay stuck. God wants us to look Him in the eye and deal with things honestly. He has complete sufficiency to deal with sin, guilt, and shame—His mercy triumphs over judgment (1 John 1:9).

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Psalm 32:3, 5

2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. The Lord is a rock in the middle of the storm (Psalm 18:2). When you feel vulnerable, He is a high tower (Psalm 144:2 KJV) and a security for those who trust in Him (Psalm 91:1). We can run to Him and be saved (Proverbs 18:10). If you are grief-stricken over something, turn it into a prayer. Don’t worry about anything—instead pray about everything (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found. Psalm 32:6a

3. SING PRAISES TO GOD. The devil will try to steal your song, but when you refuse to shut your mouth and instead sing praises to God, your voice is like a battering ram in the darkness. Remember all the times when God has preserved you from trouble and stir yourself up by way of reminder!

You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; you surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will be glad in the Lord and rejoice—I will shout for joy because of what God has done (Psalm 32:11). When I feel unsure, God will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go; He will counsel me with His eye upon me (Psalm 32:8). God is my hiding place and will preserve me from trouble. He surrounds me with songs of deliverance.

se·cu·ri·ty, noun
The quality or state of being secure. Freedom from danger: safety. Freedom from fear or anxiety.

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Security.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 04 May 2016. NET New English Translation Scripture quotations marked “NET” are taken from New English Translation: NET Bible electronic edition Dallas, TX : Biblical Studies Press, 1998. Used by permission. All rights reserved. NLT New Living Translation Scripture quotations marked “NLT” are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Rest for Your Soul

Friday, April 15th, 2016

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

1. COME TO HIM. Jesus is the answer for every person – from the most sophisticated to the most down-and-out. If you are fatigued, Jesus is asking you to come to Him, learn from Him, and find rest.

You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

2. LEARN FROM HIM. Jesus wants to be our teacher and show us how to rest. He wants to make known to us the path of life. We have been given gifts, purpose and equipping from God. Take some time to draw near to Jesus, to cease motion and activity, and get in His presence to be refreshed.

They [Adam & Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:8-9

3. LISTEN TO HIM. God’s voice thunders through history, calling to humanity. Come to Jesus: if you’re lost, He’ll save you; if you’re sick, He’ll heal you; if you’re empty, He’ll fill you with the Holy Spirit; if you’re aimless, He’ll give you vision and purpose; if you’ve failed, He’ll give you forgiveness. He loves you!

Draw near to Jesus,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I trust in the Lord, commit my way to the Lord, and rest in the Lord (Psalm 37:3, 5, 7). My soul follows close behind God, and His right hand upholds me (Psalm 63:8). God makes known to me the path of life. In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11a).

Copyright © 2016 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Rest.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Simplicity and Purity of Devotion to Jesus

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3-4

Childlike Faith. The greatest in God’s Kingdom is the person who humbles himself, and becomes not childish but childlike. The Scriptures say that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:52), but He still maintained complete reliance on God, only doing what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19). The fruitfulness of our future depends on staying reliant on and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3

Fellowship with God. You are the greatest threat to the devil when you enjoy sweet fellowship with God. When the devil deceived Adam and Eve, he convinced Eve that God was holding out on her, and a great breach took place (Genesis 3). Paul warned the Corinthian church not to get deceived and be led astray from simple and pure devotion to Christ.

Where Are You? Jesus came to restore what was lost. Just like God called out to Adam and Eve in the garden when they hid from Him, God is calling out to us, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). Jesus’ voice is described as the sound of many waters (Revelation 1:15b). When you listen to the roar of a waterfall, a Missouri thunderstorm, or the clapping of waves, think about God’s deep, rich, profound voice calling out to you. Wherever you are, draw near to Him and let your life be changed by the simplicity and purity of devotion to Jesus.

Daily Confession
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I walk in joy, love, and peace (Galatians 5:22). God’s grace is sufficient to see me through at every turn (2 Corinthians 12:9). Though my outer man perishes, my inner man is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16). Surely goodness and mercy are following me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6).

Sim·pilic·i·ty, noun
The quality of being easy to understand or use. The state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded. Freedom from pretense or guile. Directness of expression.

God Bless You,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2015 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Simplicity.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 29 July 2015.

SLFC People!

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:12

When you and I become followers of Jesus, we are examples of lives changed by the power of the Gospel. Here are five key areas that, when they are lived out, will ensure greater effectiveness and impact as we commit for the long haul in this life of faith!

Speech. “The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart” (Matthew 12:34b). Words reveal what’s going on in your interior world. Let your mind get renewed by God’s Word so that your speech will reflect the truth of what God says about your life.

Love. “For the love of Christ controls us” (2 Corinthians 5:14a). If Christians simply model God’s love, we will see revival in the church and harvest among the lost.

Faith. “Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things!” (Psalm 72:18 NKJV). Stretch your faith by believing God for great things.

Conduct. “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10). People are looking for the real deal. The more upsetting the world gets, the more we must recommit to the essentials.

Purity. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”
(Psalm 51:10). The purity of a righteous life is a powerful weapon against the darkness of this present era. If you’re lapsing in any of these five areas—speech, love, faith, conduct, and purity—be quick to repent, and God will get you back on track.

Pray this Prayer
God, help me to exemplify the amazing work Jesus has done. I pray that the Word comes into my life and changes my behavior, habits, and character. I turn from sin and I reach out and embrace what God has for me. In Jesus’ Name, amen!

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2015 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Walk This Way

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

1. Walk With God. God has said, “I will live in them and will walk among them. I will be their God and they will be My people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16b
God wants to connect with us. Whatever our range of experience or personality, we can walk closely with Him. Most of humanity is running from God, but because of Jesus we are invited to turn toward Him. One moment with Him will change your life forever.

2. Walk in the Spirit. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
God is spirit and so are you. When you repent and surrender your life to Jesus, you don’t get weird, but instead you become naturally supernatural and supernaturally natural as you learn how to follow God’s leading.

3. Walk in Love. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you. Ephesians 5:1-2a
Love is the first result of the recreated spirit. The apostle Paul called the love walk a “more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). Love covers a multitude of sins and gives you a fresh start. Love causes you to value others, knowing that they are loved and accepted by God.

4. Walk by Faith. For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
You are called to be a rugged individual who lives a life of faith and confidence in God. See tomorrow with the eye of faith—don’t bury your head in the sand or get overly consumed with current events. Instead, keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Pray This Prayer
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You (Psalm 63:1a). Thank You, God, that I am invited to a close walk with You. Thank You for the power of the Holy Spirit that equips me to go out into all the world and preach the Gospel (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Walk, verb
To make headway. To pursue a course of action or way of life. To be or act in association: continue in union.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2015 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Walk.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 28 April 2015.

A Person After God’s Own Heart

Monday, June 9th, 2014

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 16:9
1. Put Jesus First. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). When we take our eyes off of our problems and put them on Jesus, things change. Whatever challenge you are going through right now—God wants to strongly support you.
2. Be Productive. “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8). God wants us to shoot for high standards and goals, but worry makes us weird and keeps us from bearing fruit. Crucify worry and replace it with trust in God.
3. Maintain Joy and Peace. “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4) Emotions can change from moment to moment. That’s why we must learn how to delight ourselves in the Lord through prayer, praising God, and reading the Word. As we feed our faith, we will starve our doubts to death.
4. Fight the Good Fight. “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called” (1 Timothy 6:12a). God’s Word is the road map that guides us to victory. As you continue standing against the battles that try to wear you down, you will see amazing testimonies emerge from impossible-looking situations.
Pray This Prayer:
I fix my eyes on You, Jesus, with the confidence that God will see me through every time. I feed on God’s faithfulness for what I need right now in my life. I will trust in the Lord and do good. Thank You, God, for a spirit of wisdom and revelation for every situation I face. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I love You, Jesus!

Peace noun – A state of tranquility or quiet. Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Footnote: “Peace” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 03 June 2014.

Put God First

Monday, June 10th, 2013

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

The best thing we can offer God is an undivided heart. God is looking for people who are willing to put Him first, to push away distractions and make Jesus central.

Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 10:12

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. John 15:8

God can turn around an apathetic heart and make it optimistic and faith-filled. If you haven’t been reading your Bible lately, just start! If you are short on time, read one chapter. Some of the chapters I love to meditate on are Psalms 1, 23, 91, and 128; Romans 8; and Colossians 3.

Doing things God’s way is how you find joy and fulfillment. God has sustaining grace for whatever you are dealing with. His timing is impeccable. His purposes are powerful. His Word shall surely come to pass.

It’s worth it to serve God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.